L503 Summer Picnic, Saturday June 22nd!

By | May 27, 2013

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Local 503 members and their families are invited to join us on Saturday, June 22nd for a day in the sunshine! Enjoy a catered BBQ lunch, games, treats for the kids and fantastic prizes for the adults!

Lunch is served from 12:00 – 1:30PM:

- hamburgers
- veggie burgers
- sausage on a bun
- potato salad
- coleslaw
- corn on the cob
- fresh fruit, dessert, drinks and ice cream!

We will be at Picnic Area 3, which is on Colborne Lodge Drive just south of Bloor. Please click here for a detailed Google Map.

There is ample parking nearby and it is right across the street from High Park subway station on the Bloor/Danforth line.

There will be door prizes, treats for the kids, games, gift certificates and other giveaways!

Due to space limitations, this event is only for Local 503 members and their immediate families (partner/spouse and dependents).

We look forward to seeing you at High Park!

900 Bay St. BBQ Lunch!

By | August 10, 2012

Local 502 & 503 Summer BBQ lunch event!

Wednesday, August 22nd from 12PM – 2PM

77 Wellesley Street West

It’s going to be a busy fall. Our collective agreement expires at the end of the year, and we’re preparing to defend our jobs, our benefits, our wages and our pensions.

Please join us for lunch as we celebrate summer and gear up for fall!

Please RSVP by email no later than Wednesday, August 15th
Please indicate if you are vegetarian.

Don’t work at 900 Bay? Don’t worry! Local 503 will be hosting fun events with lots of free stuff at each of our work locations this fall! We’ll keep you in the loop. Want to be a Local 503 Workplace Mobilizer? We need fabulous members like you to help us plan events for your workplace! Please email Jennie for details.

Bringing Your Whole Self to Pride

By | June 25, 2012

OPSEU’s Rainbow Alliance invites all LGBTTIQQ2S members and their allies to attend an interactive workshop called “Bringing Your Whole Self to Pride.”  The event is organized in conjunction with the Rainbow Health Network.  Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director at the Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre will be on hand as the evening’s guest speaker.  This workshop will look at the barriers faced by members of the LGBTTIQQ2S community and how to overcome them.  Click here for more information.

The event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Date:  June 28, 2012

Time:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Registration starts at 6:30)

Location:  Toronto Regional Office Membership Centre – 31 Wellesley Street East

2012 Pride Month Events

In Memory of Our Sister Shamsh

By | June 20, 2012

Brothers and sisters,

It saddens me greatly to tell you that, after a lengthy illness, Local 503 steward Shamsh Damji passed away on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.

Sister Shamsh was an OPSEU member in the Communications branch in the Public Inquiries area, Ministry of Education, for many years. As a Local 503 information steward, she endeavoured to keep members in her work location informed and engaged. Her gentle kindness and commitment to helping her fellow members as well as the people of Ontario was an asset to our family, and she will be sorely missed.

Any person, whether OPSEU, AMAPCEO or management, who would like to contribute towards a donation in Shamsh’s name to OPSEU’s Live and Let Live Fund, can contact Jennie at jennie@opseulocal503.org for details.

Proposed Dues Levy

By | February 27, 2012

Please review the proposed dues levy, linked below, which you received from the OPSEU Communications department on Friday February 10th.

(If you did not receive it by email, it means OPSEU does not have a secure email address for you. Please call the OPSEU Resource Centre to provide them with this information.)

UPDATE: At Local 503′s General Membership Meeting on February 27th, members in attendance indicated they are OPPOSED to this dues levy. They have directed our Convention delegates* to vote in opposition of this proposed levy at Convention.

*Your 2012 Convention delegates are Laurie Simmons, Jennie Miller and Laura Thompson. They were democratically elected, along with Alternates Leah Tussman and Jeanette Hutchinson, at the above-noted general membership meeting.

Your Public Services Are Under Attack

By | January 12, 2012

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to reduce the province’s budget deficit with deep, painful cuts to public services. There is a better way. To get the conversation going, the Public Services Foundation of Canada has launched the Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness to reach out to your community and discuss alternatives. In person or in writing, the Commission wants to hear from you.

Visit http://www.standupontario.org for more information.

National Day of Remembrance: Violence Against Women

By | November 14, 2011

The Region 5 Women’s Committee would like to invite you to attend a local Toronto vigil organized by Women Won’t Forget suggested by one of our OPSEU members from the North York Women’s Shelter. Region 5 Women are welcome to gather at 31 Wellesley Street between 5pm and 5:30pm to walk in solidarity to the vigil which is scheduled to start at 6pm at Philosopher’s Walk on the South Side of Bloor just West of Avenue Road in Toronto.  This is a candlelight vigil and all are welcome.  Please bring a rose and a candle.

After the Vigil women are invited to return to the membership centre at 31 Wellesley for a casual World Cafe style interactive discussion on our Action Plans for 2012.


Please RSVP: framboisegirl@gmail.com

Tell the Premier: You can’t cut your way to prosperity!

By | November 14, 2011

Premier Dalton McGuinty will be speaking to the Economic Club of Canada. Let’s give him a new script. Join us for a RALLY Tuesday, November 15, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The Marriott Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street (1 block south of Dundas Street, on the east side of Bay).


Two days before 233 OPSEU members get layoff notices, Premier McGuinty will talk to senior business executives about his vision for Ontario. McGuinty’s plan is for deep spending cuts in order to pay off the deficit.


His plan is wrong. McGuinty needs to open his eyes to the realities faced by working people in this province.


Ontario needs jobs. The Premier is cutting jobs. More than 400 OPSEU members who work for the provincial government have already lost their

jobs this year, and hundreds more layoffs are coming.


Ontario businesses need people to spend in order to get the economy going. The Premier is slashing people’s jobs and their spending power. People can’t buy goods and services when they don’t have money in their pocket.


Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz recently told a business audience in Toronto: ”Austerity is a suicide path.” Creating jobs will pay off the deficit. Cutting jobs won’t.




For more information, please contact OPSEU Executive Board Member Rod Bemister, Region 5 at rodbem@rogers.com.

General Membership Meeting

By | November 14, 2011

Please join us on Monday, November 14th 2011 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the OPSEU Membership Centre, 31 Wellesley Street East. Please contact Laurie to RSVP: laurie@opseulocal503.org. Lunch will be provided.

Region 5 Family Day at Ontario Place!

By | August 2, 2011

On August 14th, 2011 from 10AM to 8PM, join Region 5 members, their families and OPSEU members who work for Ontario Place for a day of fun in the sun.

The cost of the tickets are:
Adults-48 inches and over $17.14
Children-36-48 inches $9.52

Included in the price are all the rides, water park, the Cinesphere, entertainment and access to all events.

RSVP for your tickets at opseuregion5@gmail.com with your name and number of tickets you would require.  Tickets will be available for pickup on the day of the event at Ontario Place from 10 AM – 11 AM.

What better way to celebrate summer with friends, family and fellow activists than at Ontario Place?  Please RSVP as soon as possible so we have enough tickets.

In Solidarity,
Nancy Pridham, Rod Bemister and Krista Maracle
Your Region 5 Executive Board Members

(You can speak to L503 VP Jennie Miller with any questions/concerns – jennie@opseulocal503.org)